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A viewlet to me is a self sufficient view. A view that can live on its own, its data is pre-fetched and can just be renderer as is. What in the world is this? Well, imagine a portal, in which each section of the portal is self-sufficient, with controls and data. You don't want to call all the handlers for this data for every single piece. Its not efficient, you need to create a separation. Well, a viewlet is such a separation and all it comes down to, its that its a view that calls an event for data preparation. You can simulate this to a page controller.
Ernst van der Linden has just finalized his Spry Plugin for ColdBox and it totally rocks. It really simplifies the usage of Spry within any ColdBox application. Not only that, but he has compiled an incredible demo application that you can even download and check out online. The demo shows off some of the techniques, but you can do so much more. You can also find more plugins and interceptors at the ColdBox Code Depot Live Demo So please enjoy this great addition.
ColdBox 2.5.2 is now available! This is an important update that will fix several bugs and some new updates. Also, not only is the new version out, but the new Official ColdBox Website. It has a spanking new look and its full of information for all users. There are several announcements on it, as well as the starting point of turning ColdBox into a Professional Open Source Project. So 2008 will sure be an interesting year for ColdBox, so stay tuned as the website gathers momentum and the next versions are already in the works.
As a sidenote, the entire new website is based on the following technologies that ColdBox recommends as a base for all web development projects:
Ernst has done it again! Good job! He has just released his ColdBox WebCharts3D Plugin and it really rocks. So if you are interested in adding webcharts3D functionality to your ColdBox applications, you can do so with ease. Also, webcharts3D is included in ColdFusion.
So enjoy!! This has been added to the code depot also. Below are some samples of the types of charting you can do:
I have been tinkering with the idea of setting up several polls or surveys in order to better get an opinion of the coldbox community. However, I wanted to ask the community what polling software or services they believe are good. I would prefer a solution where I wouldn't have to host it, but more of a service that can generate the HTML for me, sort of like: http://www.questionpro.com/poll-software.html. Or maybe a survey solution would work also. Anyways, I guess the less maintenance I have, the better. What are your thoughts? What would you recommend as far as polling or surveys goes?
I have completed a very cool rssReader plugin for the next installment of ColdBox. This is a stand alone plugin that I would like the community to try out and see if it would make sense to add it to the core plugins list for version 2.6.
What is so special on this plugin?
- Uses a file caching technique by serializing/deserializing the rss structure into bytearrays.
- The file cache is configurable and has an exposed API for you to use.
- One standard format for RSS or ATOM feeds
- ISO86901 and RFC822 Date Formatting and parsing. All dates are translated to standard coldfusion date strings. No need to translate or parse.
- Easily to configure via your coldbox.xml.cfm
- Ability to return feed items as a query or array of structures.
Those are some of the features of this plugin. The plugin is built using a cfhttp method, so its compatible with cf7 and cf8. Anyways, take it for a spin and let me know your thoughts on it. Especially if you think the plugin would be beneficial for the next ColdBox version 2.6
I have just posted a new plugin for ColdBox called rssGenerator. You can download the plugin pack from the code depot. This plugin is based on the idea of coldfusion 8's cffeed but for any CFMX engine. It will take a standardized structure and convert it into an RSS 2.0 feed. Also, since cffeed offers a capability called column mapper, then so does this plugin. You can pass an optional structure that maps your query's columns to the feed's standard names. That way, you can aggregate any query by just mapping its columns to the feed. Soooo easy!!
In most cases, a database table uses column names that differ from the column names you must use to create the feed. Therefore, you must use the columnmap attribute to map the input query column names to the required column names.
SELECT * FROM orders
This is an incredible plugin that will help you work with multi-language resource bundles right from within eclipse. I Include the Attessor tool with ColdBox to facilitiate the usage of resource bundles, but this tool takes the cake.
- It shows the property keys as a list or as a tree
- It shows all the available locales at the same time
- You can easily see multi-language translations at one time
- Change languages with ease
- New Language wizard that will blow your mind
- If founds missed keys in any locale and displays a warning icon.
- It saves the keys grouped, in alphabetical order and with the equal signs aligned.
- It escapes Unicode characters that are not inside the ASCII subset. Example: Cu00F3digo postal for Código postal.
- It founds duplicate property values.
- Much More...